Space Apps Challenge Mikkeli – 8 great projects as a result

Space Apps Challenge Mikkeli was one wonderful weekend. No question about it. 74 registered participants which of great majority arrived and started working on NASA Challenges. On Sunday afternoon it was time for the award ceremony…

First prize went to SpaceShield team. Four students from Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences successfully solved the Neuromorphic Studies of Asteroid Imagery. Lots of excellent work which also received enthusiastic feedback from NASA. You should take a look at their comprehensive report.

We as Hacklab Mikkeli wanted to award two teams – insteaf of just one as planned – due to extreme dedication on hacking shown by both two teams. Hacking > sleep. Also keeping up the morale in the hackathon was considered a nice bonus. Both teams did meet their goals and break their technical skill limits. Some might say this was a learning experience. The awarded teams were 2 Guys 1 ISS and Challenge? Accepted!.

This was maybe the biggest hackathon ever in Mikkeli. Wonderful people. Wonderful weekend. Wonderful hacking. Wonderful sponsors. Wonderful organizing teams. Hacklab Mikkeli will be definitely arranging more events like this.

Space Apps – Game on!

After Data Bootcamp yesterday it was time to begin the hackathon. First we had some nice keynotes from real space professionals: “Finland in space 1985-2015” by Pauli Stigell from Tekes / Space Finland and “Realtime satellite and space weather data for online use” by Ilkka Sillanpää from Finnish Meteorology Institute.

Soon the teams began working on great variety of projects. Those ranged from “first aid kit for space flights” to complex statistical analysis of asteroid imaging. Everyone found a team and the overall feeling was enthusiastic. Like a proper hackathon should be.

Of course things won’t go without surprises. Our surprise was luckily a pleasant one. Finnish minister of European Affairs and Foreign Trade, Lenita Toivakka visited us.

Work on projects will continue the whole night. Tomorrow we will report about the Hacklab Mikkeli challenge and its winning project.

NASA Space Apps Challenge Data Bootcamp

NASA Space Apps Challengen Mikkelin tapahtuma käynnistyi tänään data bootcampilla eli illan mittaisella tutustumisella dataan, ohjelmointiin ja toki kaiken mahdollisen hackaamiseen.

Space Apps Challenge on viikonlopun mittainen hackathon, jossa Hacklab Mikkeli toimii yhtenä järjestävänä tahona. Tapahtumaan ilmoittautuneita osallistujia oli perjantaina puolilta päivin 70, mikä on käytännössä myös tilan kapasiteetti. Loppuunmyyty siis tältä erää.

Hacklabillamme on tapahtumassa oma paikallinen haaste: osallistujien haasteena on toteuttaa jokin NASA:n virallisista haasteista tavalla, joka on “completely awesome” ja olla tapahtuman “coolest hack.” Palkintona haasteen voittanut tiimi saa jotain yhtä hienoa…